Biography of
James M. Raysor, Sr.

From Volume V of the "Biographical Directory of the S.C. House of Representatives", page 220: 

     "After leaving the House (in 1825) Raysor returned to his legal practice. He was deputy judge advocate general (1824-1826)  and assistant deputy inspector general (1826-1828) of the Third
Brigade, South Carolina militia. While serving in the militia Raysor held the rank of major." 

     The unpublished records upon which the above published account is taken also say that he served as a captain in the Seminole War. (Univ. of S.C. Alumni Records, Vol. 6, Collected by Prof. Andrew Charles Moore for his publication "Roll of Students of the S.C. College", 1905; on file at the South Caroliniana Library, Columbia.)

     Listed as Captain James Raysor of the Captain James Raysor's Cavalry Co., Florida Militia. The muster roll has him enrolling in Quincy, Florida on May 7, 1836. 

     It is not known when James M. Raysor and Elizabeth S. Chalmers left Walterborough, South Carolina.  Randolph County, Georgia's earliest deed book shows James M. Raysor, Sr. first appearing in a Dec. 28, 1837 purchase of a two-and-one-half acre lot in the town of Cuthbert from David Holman. 

     Cuthbert, Georgia is less than 100 miles up the road from Quincy in the panhandle of Florida. So he probably had traveled through Cuthbert on his way to enroll in Quincy in 1836. Possibly he liked what he saw (including the price of land) and decided to move his family there after the Seminole War was over.  James M. Raysor, Sr., died approximately 1846 in Randolph County, Georgia, but his grave has not been located.  His widow and children returned to South Carolina.

 Information contributed by David Bryan & Chuck Bennett

Raysor Family Gathering